Digital Alert Systems Looks To Improve Emergency Alerting

Digital Alert Systems has teamed up with DigIt Signage Technologies/ChyTV to showcase a new look and feel for visual presentation of emergency alerting information on video displays. Called Visually Integrated Display Symbology (VIDS), the software supports implementation of emergency warning graphic interfaces, including the addition of dynamic elements, providing broadcasters with an easy to understand graphical way of displaying emergency information.

Using VIDS and Digital Alert Systems’ EAS-Net communications protocol, the ChyTV device displays both a text crawl and a symbolic element corresponding with the current alert state. Depending on the specific event type, such as EAN or tornado warning, the icon can remain after the text has completed its required display cycle.

With this system, a viewer tuning in after the alert text and audio have aired can still see they are under a specific type of warning and seek more information from the station's website.

Digital Alert Systems is also promoting its new DASDEC Version 4.2 software upgrade for advanced Emergency Alert Systems/Common Alerting Protocol (EAS/CAP) compliance. Further advancing the security theme embodied throughout Version 4, the latest software update includes new tools for managing digital security certificates as well as expanding two additional secure interfaces under EAS-Net. In addition, several improvements, customer requests, and modifications are included in this release.

When released, Version 4.2 will be shipping on all new units and will be offered free to all Version 4.0/4.1 customers. All owners of the current DASDEC-II model hardware may upgrade to Version 4.2 for a nominal fee.

HALO combines engineering, operations, and compliance functions from one to hundreds of devices into a single, simple user interface.

HALO combines engineering, operations, and compliance functions from one to hundreds of devices into a single, simple user interface.

For those looking to implement a specialized management system capable of overseeing and facilitating command of all DASDEC/One-Net devices in an enterprise, the company has released the latest iteration of Digital Alert Systems' HALO. This enterprise-wide tool forms a single web-based aggregation portal, allowing multiple users with varying permission levels to oversee the health and status of all EAS devices; centralize management of configuration settings; store backup configuration files; and consolidate EAS alerts, including the ability to search, sort, and export alert records for compliance reporting.

HALO combines engineering, operations, and compliance functions from one to hundreds of devices into a single, simple user interface.

With the inclusion of the all-new Advanced Authentication Module, HALO supports integration with several of the most popular single sign-on systems in the industry. Users can monitor EAS device status, gather consolidated alert reporting, and maintain unparalleled insight and control of their entire EAS infrastructure.

By combining all EAS-related processes, HALO reduces complexity and duplicate efforts, which in turn reduces potential errors. More importantly, HALO enables companies to better utilize EAS subject matter experts, decreases the time and resources spent on EAS-related matters, and increases efficiencies by making it easier to proactively address any potential compliance issues.

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